South London’s first plant-based pub opens in Tulse Hill’s iconic Railway Tavern

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  25th May 2023

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The Railway Tavern will boast a pop-up restaurant serving up healthy, hearty Indian-inspired meals for the next three months


South London has welcomed its first plant-based pub in a move that is sure to delight vegans and flexitarians alike.

The iconic Railway Tavern pub in Tulse Hill will host a plant-based pop-up restaurant for the next three months, run by plant pioneers En Root.

This latest takeover marks En Root’s fourth restaurant in South London, following its most recent launch at The Ritzy cinema in Brixton in November last year.

Like its other outlets in Clapham, Brixton and Peckham, En Root’s Tulse Hill location will serve healthy, hearty Indian-inspired meals, which it says have been ‘designed to energise, uplift and nourish the communities of South London’.

Railway Tavern small bites menu

En Root’s menu at the Railway Tavern features its twists on traditional pub favourites, including several ‘pub grub’ specials.

Among the dishes on offer are small bites, like Tandoori Wings – oyster mushrooms battered in tandoori chickpea batter served with Rajanaisse and a squeeze of lemon.

Other small bites include its Loaded Fries, topped with a jerk plantain mushroom mix and onion and tomato salsa.

And another favourite is its ‘PoppaNachos’, a dish described ‘where India meets Mexico with a poppadom base snack topped with Dhal, Pickled Cabbage, Avocado, Raita and Spice Krispies’.

En Root owners Nish and Harsh Modasia. Photo © En Root X Railway Tavern

En Root owners Nish and Harsh Modasia. Photo © En Root X Railway Tavern

Bigger bites

Heartier dishes on offer include its Crispy Oyster Mushroom Burger served with ‘Rajannaise,’ Mango Chutney; Loaded Fries tossed in a spicy tomato sauce; and the Railway Wrap; an ode to the host venue.

Further hearty meals will be served on Sundays, when the En Root will cook up a selection of vegan roasts.

Hungry diners will be able to pick from its Jerk Butternut Wellington or a Lentil Roast served with cauli ‘cheese’, braised red cabbage, masala roasties, sweet carrots, sage stuffing and onion gravy.

En Root will also be adding to the Railway Tavern’s existing selection of tipples – those looking for a refreshing drink will be able to enjoy a fresh coconut.

Meanwhile, its tempting dessert menu includes ‘Mango Lassi Cheesecake’ and a ‘Beetroot Blueberry Cacao Brownie’ to round off the ultimate pub experience.

The Railway Tavern boasts a large outdoor space. Photo © En Root X Railway Tavern

The Railway Tavern boasts a large outdoor space. Photo © En Root X Railway Tavern

‘Destination for vegans and vegetarians’

According to a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, the Railway Tavern has been ‘a beloved fixture in Tulse Hill for years, known for its friendly atmosphere, live music scene and a great selection of beers’. 

A spokesperson said En Root’s takeover means that the pub is now set to ‘become a destination for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone looking for delicious and healthy food options’. 

“Feeding the community, celebrating fresh vegetables, wholesome pulses and flavoursome aromatic Gujarati spices is at the heart of the En Root philosophy,’ they added.

“All En Root food and drink is unprocessed and handmade with love to bring nutritional joy to one and all.” 

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Featured photo © En Root

Written by

Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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